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Retractable Truck CB Antennas

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Polargirl

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My husband just bought a Cobra 29 LTD LX BT CB radio and is looking for the best antenna he could get for it on his 18 wheeler truck.

The largest legally allowed antenna that can electrically retract like power windows would be ideal.

Something that doesn't have to be hard mounted or can easily be detached from one truck and reattached to the next is preferable.
 

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Something like this: Diamond® Antenna ~ K9000LRM Motorized Luggage Rack Mount
with a matching 10 meter antenna (I'd recommend NMO mount) would probably be your best bet.

It won't hold up to the monster antennas some truckers use, but it's about the only motorized mount I can think of.. I even contemplated putting one on my Cascadia when I was OTR.
Is it a magnetic mount? My husband is company now but going to be owner/op probably by the end of the year.
 

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If you click the link you'll see it's luggage rack mountable, or there's a trunk mount version.

The luggage rack version should work on the mirrors depending on which truck he has.
 

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If you click the link you'll see it's luggage rack mountable, or there's a trunk mount version.

The luggage rack version should work on the mirrors depending on which truck he has.
He drives an 18 wheeler, 53' commercial truck.
 

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I drove an 18 wheel for over 40 yyears. And I've never seen or heard of anything like what you're asking. And it sounds like you are saying he slip seats. If so it will be harder to recommend an antenna without knowing just what type of tractors his company runs. Because of the mounting bracket/brackets needed. Also larger antennas work better than smaller ones. But there is no law saying about the size of one.
 

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You can get away with a lot using a mag or NMO mag mount, and it would be very "quick switchable." Sounds like it might be a great project for a custom build, if he feels so inclined.
 

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That one motorized antenna mount just folds the thing over. It's not the most 'robust' thing in the world, meaning no larger antennas. The more wind resistance an antenna has (larger surface area) the less likely it can be used with that mount. I was afraid to see the price, so won't comment on that.
A typical mag-mount should work with most vehicles. They require a metal surface to 'stick' to, so they won't work with all trucks.
- 'Doc
 
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